Q&A on Raptors Republic

Recently, I exchanged e-mails with Sam Holako of Raptors Republic regarding the Knicks, Raptors, and the upcoming season in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference at large. Sam has posted our Q&A on his site:

http://raptorsrepublic.com/2010/08/27/beyond-the-raptors-kevin-mcelroy-and-the-knicks/

Feel free to check it out. Hopefully, we’ll occasionally do some similar features throughout the 2010-2011 season with Sam and some of the other TrueHoop bloggers.

Unsung Knick History – Four and a Half Davids Beat a Goliath (Named David)

This is the fourth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, LJ’s 4-point play or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

Today we look at an amazing 1995 game between the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs (a season after David Robinson was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player) where the Knicks defeated the Spurs in double overtime with a line-up of Herb Williams and four guards!
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Unsung Knick History – The Knicks’ Version of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

This is the third in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, LJ’s 4-point play or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

If you are unfamiliar with Shirley Jackon’s famous short story, “The Lottery,” well, you should probably stop reading this piece and go off and read that short story first, as A. It’s awesome and B. I’m about to spoil it for my analogy. In any event, in Jackson’s story, the reader discovers that the “lottery” that a small town is holding is actually to determine who gets stoned to death to ensure a good harvest for the town. Well, that was basically what the Knicks used their draft for over a strange five-year period from 1960-1964 where their five first round draft picks (all among the top three picks in the draft) played a combined eight seasons for the Knicks!! Getting drafted in the first three picks is normally a good thing, but for the Knicks draftees, like the “winners” in Jackson’s lottery, it was a sign of impending doom!
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Knicks Sign Rautins

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks have signed guard Andy Rautins, the 38th overall selection in the 2010 NBA draft.

The 6-foot-4 Rautins averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 35 games for Syracuse during his senior season in 2009-10.

He shot 40.7 percent from three-point territory last year and finished second on the school’s all-time list with 282 three-pointers made.

The offseason has officially begun.

Isiah Thomas Out Again

This time it didn’t take a sexual harassment suit. He didn’t have to set the franchise back half a decade. Nor did one of James Dolan’s execs talk him out of it. This time the NBA front office stepped in, deeming Isiah Thomas’ dual role as FIU coach and Knicks consultant as a conflict of interest. Thomas has resigned from the Knicks (phew!) and Knicks owner James Dolan will have to find another way to pursue his man crush.

Ironically it was other teams who helped make this happen. According to the Post’s Marc Berman:

At least two NBA owners complained to the league immediately and several NBA executives thought it was bogus arrangement.

Unfortunately if Isiah Thomas leaves FIU and is free to join the NBA, I don’t think any other league owners will complain about him joining the Knicks again. Heck it’s probably in their best interests to encourage it. For the price of (arguably) a good amateur scout, the team would sully their brand (sexual harassment), give them bad press (local media would kill them over it), and alienate their current competent front office (Walsh was reportedly not happy with the move).

Unsung Knicks History – Celtics “Cap-Size” Knicks Salary Cap From the Start

This is the second in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, LJ’s 4-point play or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

Today, we look at the very first salary cap in Knick history and how the Boston Celtics took advantage of the new salary cap system to keep the Knicks from their goal of signing Celtic Hall of Famer Kevin McHale and almost decimated the early 1980s Knicks!
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